Every now and then we are going to hang out with some of the cool foodie folk we get to work with to find out a little bit more about what makes them tick, both on the ‘shop floor’ and in life more generally.
We call the series “5 Food Minutes with …“
This week, we are chatting with Tom Herbert, 5th-Generation baker, daddy, author of ‘DO/WildBaking‘ and all-round bundle of energy (to be found ‘wherever kneaded‘!)
Hi, who are you and what foodie mischief do you get up to in your day job?
Hello, I’m Tom Herbert and I’m a baker.
Since Christmas I’ve not had a day job so I can spend more time on the mischief. Typically, I’ll be freshly stoneground milling fancy/ancient/biodynamic grains on my tiny Mock Mill, or fermenting water using botanicals from my garden. What really grabs my attention though is learning about and developing mischievous ideas to do with how we can better work together.
What inspires you?
My knot of friends, reading what Anna [my wife] calls self help books, but I call inspiring or insightful. I like listening to podcasts.
Where in the world do you get to hang out doing your foodie thing? Can you tell us a little of what is so special to you about ‘place’?
Around campfires 🔥
(The chance) to get away from the kitchen that can drive a person mad, (to find) freedom from the tyranny of kitchen scales and to breath deeply the fresh air of the wild and share good food with people I love is life giving and feeds us in so many ways, building resilience for the hectic, connected lives most of us live.
Which 3 food (or drink) producers should the foodie world know more about?
Nom Nom Chocolate 😋 (say no more, Tom … we’re 100% with you on that!)
Hopped dry cider from Sandford Orchard
Smoked black pudding by Hugh Maguire. I was privileged to be one of the judges that crowned this Supreme Champion of 2017 Great Taste Awards, rising to the top of 12,000 entries.
What is your favourite meal? (Tom may have introduced a touch of latitude to this, with a selection of favourites … but they’re all good answers so the judges demurred!)
Toes in the warm sand, the soft lap of the sea, big squeeze of burnt lemon on hot calamari
A fat well hung steak, cooked dirty on the embers and shared with my beloved, NO kids and a juicy bottle of natural red wine 🍷
Christmas dinner where everyone has contributed and bought their best and the good times roll …
Perhaps my favorite though is a Saturday brunch at home on a sunny morning catching up with great friends or family from afar that have spent the night. We fill the House with the smell of coffee, freshly baked croissants, all the trimmings and the weekend stretching away in front of us. Bloody Mary anyone?
You have £30 in your wallet/purse and an open mind about supper – where do you head to locally and what do you buy?
Down to Nailsworth for a lovely bit of fish from Williams Kitchen and a bottle of wine from Raffles. Go for mussels and more money for wine.
Favourite food writer?
Anna Jones, hands down. She my bae.
Most comforting ‘comfort food’?
Log fire, great film, curtains closed against the wild elements, rice pudding with jam and a skin.
Thanks so much for hanging out with us, Tom! We reckon we want to hang out with you more!